Sunday, July 11, 2010

Singing the Qasidah Burdah at Al-Jenderami


Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah for the opportunity to visit Al-Jenderami again. Al-Jenderami is a close-knit Muslim community dedicated to the studying and propagating of traditional Islamic teachings. Our visit this time was in conjunction with Isra' Mi'raj.

Tuan Guru Haji Hafiz (pic) the leader of the jemaah at Al-Jenderami led the tausiyah which was interspersed with qasidah performance by Al-Jenderami's charming youth. Emphasis was given to Chapter 7 of the Qasidah Burdah on the Isra' Mi'raj episode. I have attempted to translate into English the Malay version of the Burdah written by Shaykh Fahmi Zamzam al-Maliki.

1. O Rasulullah, the best person a visitor could ever hope for; they who came on foot or those who rode on fast camels.

2. You are a significant sign of Allah's greatness for those who care to think; and you are the greatest blessing of Allah for those who seek benefits.

3. On a serene night you traveled from Masjidil Haram to Baitul Maqdis, like a full moon traversing speedily on a dark night.

4. You hastened to the highest station until you came so near to your Lord - an elevated position beyond anyone's reach which none ever dreamed of.

5. You were let to lead by all prophets and rasul, as you were a respected master of servants.

6. You penetrated 7 layers of the skies meeting the earlier prophets. While amongst them, you were the flag carrier of honor.

7. When there was none who could surpass you; and none surely could have reached your lofty rank.

8. At that juncture, you exceeded the positions of all other prophets; you were the one invited with high regard.

9. So that only you could know the secrets hidden from man's eyes and only you alone could witness the wisdoms that were veiled.

10. You earned all honors with no other contenders; And you excelled in the sacred position with no one above you.

11. Oh how esteem your status was, how honorable the gift Allah had conferred on you.

12. Glad tidings for all Muslims, that we have been granted a shari'at that will never be undermined.

13. When Allah named Rasulullah as the best of all rasul, it makes us, his ummat as the best of all ummah.

Sallu alan Nabi! 

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